soon

adverb
\ ˈsün , especially New England ˈsu̇n\

Definition of soon

1a obsolete : at once : immediately
b : without undue time lapse : before long soon after sunrise
2 : in a prompt manner : speedily as soon as possible the sooner the better no sooner said than done
3 archaic : before the usual time
4 : in agreement with one's choice or preference : willingly I'd just as soon walk as drive

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Examples of soon in a Sentence

We will soon be making changes. The soonest I can get there is tomorrow. When is the soonest possible date of delivery? The audience soon realized that it wasn't a stunt. She found a job soon after graduation. How soon can you finish the job? The sooner you finish your homework, the sooner you can go outside and play. I will let you know as soon as possible. I'll get there as soon as I can.
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These foods are notorious for causing tarnishing—sometimes extreme—if not rinsed soon after using. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 In recent years, residential skyscrapers have inched closer to its turf, and more 40-story towers are under construction or soon to break ground in its 360-degree field of vision. Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times, "From then to now: Pink elephant of the Elephant Car Wash has seen Seattle change drastically around it," 7 Feb. 2019 Hey, fans of HGTV's Love It or List It, there's a similar show coming to the network soon! Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "HGTV’s New Show Is Like 'Love It or List It'—With a Crazy Plot Twist," 7 Feb. 2019 Coming soon to the @thecwriverdale Poor Hermione Lodge. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "'Riverdale' Star Mark Consuelos Dishes on What It Was Really Like Working With Kelly Ripa," 18 Jan. 2019 And if Frank Lloyd Wright’s conservators have any say in the matter, eight of his buildings will soon be on that list, too. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "8 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings nominated to be World Heritage Sites," 20 Dec. 2018 And less than a decade later, in 1931, the very first Rockefeller Center Tree was lit — an occasion that soon became a trademark sign of the holidays. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?," 15 Nov. 2018 And the model’s predictions of risk are stable because they’re based on biological traits that aren’t likely to change anytime soon. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 Just like the tortoise and the hare, some babies get off to a fast start crawling soon after their first half birthday — while others take it slow and steady. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "When Do Babies Crawl? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 28 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of soon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for soon

Middle English soone, from Old English sōna; akin to Old High German sān immediately

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soon

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of soon

: at a time that is not long from now
: in a short time after something happens
: in a quick way

soon

adverb
\ ˈsün \
sooner; soonest

Kids Definition of soon

1 : without delay : before long The fog soon disappeared.
2 : in a prompt way : quickly I'll call you as soon as possible.
3 : before long They soon learned the truth.
4 : early entry 1 sense 2 I wish you'd told me sooner.
5 : by choice : willingly I would sooner walk than ride.

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